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The Least Bittern

The Least Bittern
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 14:56
Viewed: 2969
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) is a small wading bird, the smallest heron found in North America.

This bird's underparts and throat are white with light brown streaks. Their face and the sides of the neck are light brown; they have yellow eyes and a yellow bill. The adult male is glossy greenish black on the back and crown; the adult female is glossy brown on these parts. They show light brown parts on the wings in flight.

These birds nest in large marshes with dense vegetation from southern Canada to northern Argentina. The nest is a well-concealed platform built from cattails and other marsh vegetation. The female lays 4 or 5 eggs. Both parents feed the young by regurgitating food. A second brood is often produced in a season.

These birds migrate from the northern parts of their range in winter for the southernmost coasts of the United States and areas further south, travelling at night.

They mainly eat fish and insects, which they capture with quick jabs of their bill while climbing through marsh plants.

The numbers of these birds have declined in some areas due to loss of habitat. They are still fairly common, but more often heard than seen. They prefer to escape on foot and hide than to take flight. These birds make cooing and clucking sounds, usually in early morning or near dusk.


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To eliz: mercimirceax 2 07-28 10:21
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What a strange looking bird. Looks like the Hunchback :)

I lke the almost eye-level POV and OOF background.

Did you use a flash ???

Salut Mircea,

Bonne utilisation du fill flash. Cela fait ressortir l'oeil et le détail dans le plumage. Je ne connaissais pas cette espèce. Est-ce que cette photo à été prise dans la nature?


Bonjour Mircea
Très belle prise, très belles couleurs, lumière et bonne netteté, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-27 22:19]

Merhaba Mircea,
Bu ne kadar enfes bir kare. Daha önce hiçbir zaman görmediğim bu kuşu harika bir teknikle kaydetmişsiniz. Kompozisyon da nefis. Hoşçakal.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-07-28 2:44]
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salut mircea.
felicitari pt ca ai reusit sa te apropii asa mult de starc.
mi-am dat seama ca ai folosit flashul inainte sa citesc pt ca se vede o luminita in ochiul pasarii.
este cu flashul aparatului sau ai folosit ceva flash dedicat (cu beamer?)

ar merge putin de smart shapen pe pasare cu un radius sub 0.5 ca sa mai evidentiezi detaliile penelor.

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